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License fee days are numbered! BBC issues brutal warning after Radio 4 diversity row

Nigel Rees explains why he left the BBC

Ben Harris-Quinney also launched a scathing commentary on the “awake liberals” in the corporation, accusing it of representing “a very different and narrow world view”. Mr. Rees, 77, presented Quote… Uncoat, a panel quiz show from 1976 until he stepped down last month, with guests including Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Kenneth Williams, Sir David Attenborough and Kingsley Amis.

However, revealing his reasoning for calling it a day, he said he had become frustrated with the “recipe” for “diverse groups and guests with disabilities”.

Mr Rees told the Sunday Times: “I didn’t agree with it at all, but I went with it because I had to.

“It came from above and it was a general priority.”

He explained: “I am unwilling to interfere with my choices in order to tick the boxes in the name of diversity and representation. This is difficult to enforce.

BBC Director General Tim Davies (Image: GETTY)

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Nigel Rees quotes… don’t quote for 46 years (Image: GETTY)

“It’s also protection, at least for people who don’t want to be because they think they’re ticking a box.”

Mr Rees’ remarks came as no surprise to Mr Harris-Quinney, the chairman of the Bow Group think tank.

He told Express.co.uk: “Anyone who knows the days of the BBC’s license fee are numbered, and they only blame themselves.

“We need to make sure we break down and sell the institution and give the money back to the license fee payer, rather than another multi-billion to wake up liberals as a reward for their own failure. be gifted to the institution of Pound.”

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Mr Harris-Quinney explained: “Over the years we were told that the BBC does everything possible to provide a balance, but what the BBC does on programs like Question Time, a Conservative MP, a Labor MP and a Liberal Democrat MP Which represents a balance, when the reality is that they are all liberal cosmopolitan world views, with minor differences on the specifics of policy.

“The BBC operates with a cosmopolitan liberal bias, which allows it to point to criticism from conservatives and leftists as proof of its balance, while it actually represents a very different and narrow world view. Is.

“Most people in the UK are not cosmopolitan liberals, but almost no one on the BBC is.”

Mr Harris-Quinney has claimed he has worked with “almost every major media organization in the world: but said the BBC is”the worst experience ever to bias, and in my case outright lies.

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Deborah Turnness to make £400,000 per year (Image: GETTY)

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Gary Lineker is BBC’s highest-paid (image: BBC)

He continued: “What Talk Radio and GB News have uncovered is that there is a whole parallel universe of guests, speakers and organizations that the BBC has ignored for decades, the question for the BBC is whether they have these. Why are there no speakers?

“It is particularly pronounced outside of the news media.

“When was the last time Graham Norton lauded the views of a social conservative, when was the last time the BBC commissioned a comedy show or championed comedians who hold conservative viewpoints?”

Such views would be dismissed by the BBC as “too controversial or offensive”, Mr Harris-Quinney ventured.

BBC's top earners

BBC’s top earners (image: express)

He continued: “They do not pause for a moment to consider that many people find liberal ideas offensive, and perhaps to a greater number of people.”

He continued: “It is absolutely meaningless to have people of different races and genders, the question is, what point of view are they presenting?

“If all viewpoints are not represented, the BBC is not doing its job, and they have no business charging us for the privilege of pursuing their very clear liberal propaganda, although they seem to have done it.” use multiple races and genders.”

Campaign group Defend the BBC also weighed in about Mr Rees’ comments, tweeting: “The BBC’s restless diversity push is turning veteran broadcasters away.

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The BBC has faced increasing scrutiny in recent years (Image: GETTY)

“Nigel Rees says he moved because of the corporation’s ‘tick-box nanism’, which asked him to change song lyrics to ‘reflect colonial attitudes’ and shoe in diverse guests.”

Mr Rees’ remarks put more pressure on the BBC, which is already taking a closer look at the salaries paid to its top earner, not least Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who makes up to ££1m per year. Earns 1.3 million.

It was confirmed on Thursday that the incoming BBC News CEO Deborah Terness would make £400,000 a year, £60,000 more than her predecessor, Fran Unsworth.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

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